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Golden Monkey - Victory Brewing Company

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4,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,010
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 57
Gots: 317 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-17-2001)
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a corked 25.4 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce wine glass.

Appearance: Light golden yellow, very light carbonation, thin head floating on the surface of the beer. Light ring around the edge of foam. The bubbles within float up in about 10 straight lines from the bottom to the top of the wine glass.

Smell: Beautiful floral scent to this beer. The alcohol is well-hidden here, gentle hop tones, peach and or pear accents. Really nice, especially for a Tripel!

Taste: Eh. Hops and flowers up front followed quickly by the fruitiness I detected in the scent. Aftertaste is more bitter than I would have hoped. This beer would go well with red meat and/or starchy foods in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Quite light on the palate, only a medium-thin coating of malt character. Rinses easily. It's not bad...unfortunately, that's about all I can say for certain.

Drinkability: Nearly non-existent. If I hadn't paid nearly eight dollars for this bottle, I would probably discard what's left in the fifth. As it is, looks like I'm doomed to finish it. The alcohol (which is hiding in the scent) is overly powerful in the taste, and it takes away from what could be a very flavorful beer.

I bought this beer in a "cool label" state of mind tonight, and I probably should have gotten some recommendations instead. There are lots of better examples of monk beer, specifically Three Philosophers and Avery Brewing's "The Reverend."

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:01:54 | More by Lauthaha
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Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 4,010 ratings.